Food cart in Barcelona, Spain (PhotoDisc)

Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain (Martin Child/Getty)

Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain (iStockphoto)

Fresh fruit at La Boqueria market, Barcelona, Spain (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Aerial view of beach in Barcelona, Spain (iStockphoto)

Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Barcelona

Barcelona may have 4,000 years of history under its belt, but the Catalan capital is anything but stuffy. Take your pick from the many faces of this sun-splashed city: a Mediterranean seductress of leafy boulevards and Modernist architecture (Gaudí’s Casa Mila, anyone?); a gritty port city with labyrinthine Gothic streets perfect for getting lost; or a progressive metropolis known for contemporary design stores like Vincon, a shop so cool that even its bags are collector’s items. The medieval quarters of Born and Raval, right off La Rambla, hide hip boutiques in their maze of weathered alleyways. And the region gave birth to the fusion tapas boom that has swept the world. Work it off by strolling or biking along Barcelona’s beachfront, spruced up for the 1992 Olympics with glitzy high-rises and a new marina.

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Traveler Reviews of Barcelona


Pete rates Barcelona
Barcelona had everything I was looking for - fascinating history, ancient and modern architecture, vibrant street life, great cafes and restaurants, and a beach! Can't miss the Gaudi Casas nor the spectacular Sagrada Familia Cathedral. We did a 4-hour guided bike tour, which allowed us to see much more of the city than if we'd been on foot or subway. It was also a great way to fight jet lag on the first day after flying from the US. The view of the city from Montjuic castle was amazing - taking the funicular and gondola up got us there just before sunset. Loved the energy and fresh, tasty food and drink at the Boqueria market. Wish we had more time, there was so much we didn't get to see and do!
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